This Sugar Doesn't Cause Diabetes

New research suggests that one sugar substitute may not play any part in causing diabetes in healthy adults at all.

According to a new study published in the journal, Microbiome—led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University College of Medicine

says that saccharin is one such artificial sweetener that should no longer be of concern regarding diabetes prevention.

The study was funded by The National Institutes of Health and The National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Why do artificial sweeteners get a bad reputation in the first place?

Saccharin is one of eight artificial sweeteners that are currently approved by the FDA,

If you've ever sprinkled Sweet n' Low in your cup of coffee, for example, you've tried the hyper-sweet substance.However, due to the increased use of non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NCAS)

and sugar alcohols—which are used in a lot of keto-friendly and other sugar-free food products and beverages—research has repeatedly questioned the safety of these alternative sweeteners.

Aside from the fact that many are turned off by the word"artificial"and are inherently skeptical about whether or not they could cause harm to the body,there is also science that backs up these fears

What did this study find?

Researchers asked 46 healthy adults between the ages of 18 to 45 with body mass indexes of 25 to take one of three capsules every day over the course of two weeks.

Participants either took the maximum acceptable daily amount of saccharin, lactisole (which inhibits the tongue from tasting something sweet), saccharin with lactisole, or a placebo.

We found no effects of saccharin supplementation on glucose regulation and no changes in gut microbiota of participants," says Kyriazis.

"It is important to note here that the saccharin intake we used in our study is practically more than double the average intake of the most avid consumers of saccharin in the U.S."

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